Inspired by Madam Tussauds, the wax sculpture museum in London, Eskişehir Wax Sculptures Museum is a wonderful museum with approximately 160 local and foreign people, whose wax sculptures were made by Eskişehir Metropolitan Mayor Prof. Dr. Yılmaz Büyükerşen.
Located near Odunpazarı Houses, next to the Museum of Contemporary Glass Arts, the Wax Sculptures Museum was opened in 2013 and the income of the museum is planned to be spent for the education of girls and disabled children.
When you enter the museum, Atatürk, Ottoman, War of Independence, Presidents and Republic sections welcome you.
In the Ottoman section, wax statues of Ottoman sultans are on display. In addition to the statues of Osmangazi, Yavuz Sultan Selim, Fatih Sultan Mehmet and Suleiman the Magnificent, there is also a statue of Sultan Suleiman’s wife Hürrem Sultan.
In the War of Independence section, informative panels about the I. and II. İnönü Victories, Kütahya – Eskişehir Wars, Sakarya War and materials such as weapons, helmets, bullet casings are exhibited.
As you continue, you come to the section with statues of aviation, cinema, sports, theater and world leaders. First of all, there are wax statues of people who accomplished great things in the air, such as Cengiz Topel, the first air martyr in Cyprus, Sabiha Gökçen, the first female pilot, and Captain Fethi Bey, one of the first Ottoman pilots.
In addition to artists such as writer Turgut Özakman, historian İlber Ortaylı, journalist Hıfzı Topuz, poet Ataol Behramoğlu, sociologist Emre Kongar, Emin Çölaşan, there are also statues of actors and artists such as Müjdat Gezen, Tarık Akan, Beyazıt Öztürk, Cüneyt Arkın, İlyas Salman, Kemal Sunal, Adile Naşit.
In fact, each of them is part of an endless collection. Not only local but also foreign artists are among the wax statues exhibited in the museum. You can see the statues of actors like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, professors like Einstein and political figures like Obama.
Prof. Dr. Yılmaz Büyükerşen, who made wax sculptures of people such as Mevlana, Yunus Emre, Mimar Sinan, Seyyid Battal Gazi, is a man of art who should be recognized. Born in Eskişehir in 1937, Yılmaz Büyükerşen has reinvented Eskişehir and made it look like a European city.
What are the entrance fee and visiting hours of Yılmaz Büyükerşen Wax Sculptures Museum?
The entrance fee to the Yılmaz Büyükerşen Wax Sculptures Museum, which also includes the wax sculptures of Yılmaz Büyükerşen is paid. The museum can be visited every day except Monday. Visiting hours are 10:00 – 12:30, 14:00 – 17:00 on weekdays and 10:00 – 12:30, 14:00 – 17:30 on weekends.
When you come to visit Odunpazarı Houses, do not leave without seeing the wax museum located very close to it. There may be long queues in front of it, because students are especially interested in it and they come to see the museum in groups from schools. Transportation to the museum is also very easy. If you are not in the Odunpazarı neighborhood, you can get off the tram at the Atatürk High School stop.